Sex Sells In NYC Mayor’s Race
By Joseph E Rathjen
July 24, 2013
If you are married and want to get ahead in NYC politics, all you have to do is have a sexually illicit or extra-marital affair. What the heck, you might even become NYC’s comptroller or even the Big Apple’s next mayor. After all, what’s wrong with hiring hookers or tweeting photos of your private parts to young girls on the Internet? That should have nothing to do with your moral character and if you can run the city or be trusted with its money…right? Besides, it could make for interesting conversation when you visit NYC schools and tell all the little kiddies what you were doing the last time you held public office.
If the current NYC mayor’s race is any sign of how voters are beginning to choose candidates, this country is in serious trouble. In NYC, having gotten away with sexual misconduct seems to make you more desirable to hold public office than if you were an honest, law-abiding citizen and a faithful husband. It also appears to voters more important what you might do this time – and not what you failed to do last time – like keep your bulging crotch out of Twitter photos or staying away from prostitutes.
Some people say this is not a fair way of evaluating a candidate because everyone deserves a second chance. Also, what difference does it make if the spouses of those candidates have already forgiven them for their indiscretions. We should all forgive and forget and move on…right?
When you choose a candidate for public office you are picking someone who you feel is not only qualified to do that job, but who is also one who represents the highest stature of honesty and integrity. Infidelity and crotch-texting do not fall into those categories.
But who are we to judge? Are there any of us who are so upstanding and pure of cardinal sin that we have the right to judge others? Probably not, but then again, we are not running for public office and asking the voters to put their trust in us.
There seems to be an illogical, double-standard of how voters choose candidates today. Take for instance, the case of Eliot Spitzer, New York’s former governor who resigned after he admitted to patronizing prostitutes, and who is leading the polls for NYC comptroller in the NYC mayor’s race. Then there is Anthony Weiner, who’s Twitter-tweeting of his manhood forced him to resign his NY congressional seat. Surprisingly, Weiner is also in the lead in the NYC mayor’s race in the democratic party over City Council President Christine Quinn. Christine Quinn said herself in an interview recently, “What has Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner done recently to deserve a second chance…not much!”
When candidates for public office use the excuse that everyone deserves a second chance, they are asking us to forgive and forget how they violated the public’s trust of their previously held office. Whether or not their families and friends have forgiven them is not relevant. What is relevant, however, is if they have given the voting public reason enough to believe that they are trustworthy again.
© Joseph Rathjen – All Rights Reserved – 2013
- In editorial, New York Times calls on Anthony Weiner to quit NYC mayor’s race (boston.com)
- Weiner says he won’t leave NYC mayoral race in light of new explicit correspondence (globalnews.ca)
- Weiner Admits to More Lewd Photos, Won’t Drop Out of NYC Mayoral Race (washington.cbslocal.com)